Loyola & Pamplona: Buenas chicos y chicas!
From Donna's Group (Donna, Rachel, Kris, Nicole),
Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese
I had been particularly looking forward to today since choosing the Pilgrim Way package. Part of my schooling was at a Jesuit school, so visiting plages where St Ignatius was born, ministered etc has been very special for me.
It was particularly nice to be reminded that St Ignatius came from very rich beginnings (his family home was huge!), and he chose to stay in a cave, (which back in his day had an unbelievable view, but was super small). A bit of fun was had, when all the ex-Loyola college, Mount Druitt pilgrims had a photo outside of the St Ignatius' family castle...
...Celebrating morning Mass at Loyola was the highlight of my day. It was breathtaking being surrounded by such history and the religious significance St Ignatius brings to our faith. Fr Fernando reminded us of our true journey as we begin our way to Madrid as pilgrims on a pilgrimage and not as tourists as it has been easy to be swept away by picturesque views and vibrant cities. Together we reflected on maintaining the balance between fun and growing closer to God and our spirituality.
Next stop was Pamplona (home of the running of the bulls). I stood looking down a hill at one point and thought I could actually hear people yelling and bulls charging through the street...
...Lunch today at Pamplona was big, tasty and inexpensive - traits that all desire in a meal. Entering the restaurant at about 2pm, we were all flabbergasted at the beautiful decor and exotic bathrooms. After being seated, a waiter somewhat lacking in English came to take orders. Tom ordered a coke while mum and Rose ordered white and red wine. The waiter returned with salt shakers and two bottles of wine. What followed was a mixture of both Spanish, English, sign language and confusion all around. Overall, lunch was delicious and way too filling; massive entrees, eve bigger mains, bread and dessert with a salt shaker is the ultimate combo for one not wanting dinner. Gotta love Spain!...
...Now sitting on the bus headed to the old city of Logrono - tomorrow we are headed to MADRID!
Posted by web at 9:28 AM